Introducing author Emma Jordan who talks about music and writing…
As an indie romance author, I love making all my own writing decisions, from series concept to book marketing and even the actual writing bit. Who wouldn’t?
But what I REALLY love is deciding what music to play, whether I’m:
· Researching an idea;
· Creating a Spotify playlist of my novels;
· Creating an Amazon playlist to inspire me on car journeys;
· Distracting myself from writing;
· Tidying my CDs;
· Taking a break from writing;
· Avoiding editing;
· Celebrating self-publishing a book;
· Trying to write character arcs.
The rhetorical question is: do I play music to motivate my writing or to avoid writing?
A little of both, as any graduate historian will conclude.
I’ve included music in all three of the romance novels in my series, Love is Everything (across all musical genres):
Everything, Except You – four decades of country music and 80s film themes;
Everything and Nothing – seventies rock and classic rock;
Everything For Her – 90s pop and Latin music (this is the book I’m currently, musically, distracted from);
Even my Christmas novella, Everything This Christmas, includes Christmas songs (and films).
You know when people say they’ll listen to anything?
I really do, I’ve seen New Kids on the Block and Andrea Bocelli live shows – not together, although that could inspire an intriguing book one day. I’ve spent five days at a country festival that I had to be dragged away from, I RockFit to Rammstein and I’ve seen Muse perform 12 times in six countries (don’t even get me started on combining travel and music).
I even volunteer to write music reviews and interview musicians for Lyric Magazine, because I love sharing my love of songwriting and storytelling.
I’ve always loved music. I grew up in a music-loving household. We didn’t have much, but we had cassettes. I remember 13th July 1985 as a 7 year old, standing in the lounge in front of BBC One and yelling to my Mum, ‘It’s On!’ just as Live Aid, the first charity concert, was about to kick off 12 hours of live music (including Paul Young. Swoon).
As a teen, I took babysitting jobs based on the person’s cassette collection, and if there was a twin deck I could record from. As an adult, and parent, I need live shows as much as my daughter needs to read (proud mama moment; she’s book-obsessed). Perhaps my gig obsession is not for the reason you think. I’m deaf in my right ear, which probably explains my addiction to live shows (front and centre if possible) I need to feel the music. It also makes for great writing inspiration when I hear something completely different to what’s actually being said. Talk about Four Candles.
I absolutely can’t wait for live shows to resume again, so that I can convince myself, ‘I’ll write on the train’ when I actually mean I’ll listen to artist’s music all the way back home, reliving the show, drifting to sleep with a huge grin across my face.
What do you listen to when you’re supposed to be working?
To celebrate the 1st book birthday of my second romance novel, Everything and Nothing, all readers can add this to their #TBRPile FOR FREE before the end of Friday 16th July 2021.